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Sudanese military agrees to reinstate deposed PM

Deal reached to release those arrested since coup last month; officials in Sudan say agreement brokered with help of UN, US

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok announces a new cabinet in Khartoum, Sudan, February 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali, File)
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok announces a new cabinet in Khartoum, Sudan, February 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali, File)

CAIRO, Egypt — A deal was reached between Sudan’s military and civilian leaders to reinstate Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who was deposed in a coup last month, military and government officials said Sunday.

The officials also said that government officials and politicians arrested since the October 25 coup will be released as part of the deal between the military and political parties, including the largest Umma Party.

Hamdok will lead an independent technocratic cabinet, the officials said. They said the UN, the US and others played “crucial roles” in crafting the agreement. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the deal before the official announcement.

The coup, more than two years after a popular uprising forced the removal of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir and his Islamist government, has drawn international criticism. The United States, its allies and the United Nations have condemned the use of excessive force against anti-coup protesters.

Sudanese have been taking to the streets in masses since the military takeover, which upended the country’s fragile transition to democracy. The agreement comes just days after doctors said at least 15 people were killed by live fire during anti-coup demonstrations.

The military has tightened its grip on power, appointing a new, military-run Sovereign Council. The council is chaired by coup leader Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan.

The Sovereign Council will meet later Sunday before announcing the deal, the officials said.

Sudanese protest against the military coup that ousted government last month, in Khartoum, Sudan, November 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali)

A national initiative formed after the coup that includes political parties and public figures said in a statement that Hamdok would be reinstated and will form a technocratic Cabinet. It said the deal would be signed later Sunday along with a political declaration. It did not elaborate.

Mohmmed Youssef al-Mustafa, a spokesman for the Sudanese Professionals Association, said there is a deal but the SPA would comment when it is announced officially.

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